UCL Department of Geography


Palaeoclimate Seminar Series

Welcome to the UCL Palaeoclimate seminar series.

The seminar programme for Term One of the 2022-23 academic year is listed below. The seminars are open to all members of UCL whether you are a student, researcher or a member of academic staff. Each seminar will be held on a hybrid basis, and online participation is also open to participants from outside UCL.

Unless otherwise stated, all seminars will take place on Tuesdays from 1-2pm (no seminar in Reading Week). This term the seminars will usually be in South Quad Pop-up Learning Hub G1. We look forward to welcoming you to the seminars this term.

Seminar series convenors

Seminar details

Tuesday, 10th OctoberDr Jack Wharton - A stronger and deeper North Atlantic subtropical gyre during the Last Glacial Maximum
Tuesday, 17th October Professor David Thornalley - Paleo and modern perspectives on Atlantic Overturning
Tuesday, 31st OctoberDr Matt Osman (University of Cambridge) - Ice, mud, and models: how paleo data assimilation is helping illuminate our geologic past
***Reading Week – No Seminar*** 
Tuesday, 14th NovemberDr Elizabeth Sibert (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA, USA) - A microfossil history from the bottom of the sea: sharks, fish, microfossils, and 85 million years of global change
Tuesday, 21st NovemberDr Lucy Roberts - Monitoring seasonal microfossil calcification for improved coastal palaeotemperatures
Tuesday, 28th NovemberDr Vasiliki Margari - Extreme glacial cooling likely led to hominin depopulation of Europe in the Early Pleistocene
Tuesday, 5th DecemberProfessor Chronis Tzedakis - Last Interglacial pollen records from Europe
Tuesday, 12th DecemberDr Bin Wang (Shaanxi Normal University) - The environmental effects of the uplift of the East Qinling Mountains during the Late Cenozoic: geological records and model simulation
Tuesday, 16th JanuaryDr Aidan Starr (University of Cambridge) - The Pleistocene Evolution of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current south of Africa (NB: Lecture to take place in Room G17, North West Wing)
Important seminar information

Code of Conduct statement

  • The seminars will be held as a mixture of in-person and Zoom talks. In-person talks will be made available for a virtual audience through live streaming via Zoom with a link provided beforehand in the weekly seminar email. Zoom can be downloaded for free from the UCL Software database (https://swdb.ucl.ac.uk). 
  • We will aim to start the seminars at 1pm in order to ensure everyone can join. The talks will last 30-40 minutes with the final 15 minutes dedicated to questions. 
  • For Zoom attendees we request that your video and microphone be turned off throughout the seminar, except if you ask a question at the end of the talk. 
  • Please post any questions during the talk in the chat to be answered in the Q&A session at the end. If all of the questions in the chat box have been answered before the end of the seminar, the attendees will be able to “raise a hand” and ask questions as well. 
  • The seminars will be recorded with the speaker’s agreement. It is strongly encouraged to join the live seminars. However, if you are unable to attend recordings will be available on request from the seminar series convenors, Zarina Hewett (zarina.hewett.21@ucl.ac.uk) and Eirini Papachristopoulou (e.papachristopoulou@ucl.ac.uk). We ask that you do not share recordings unless granted permission by the seminar series convenors and the speaker. 
  • Every attendee is expected to conduct themselves appropriately throughout the seminar. UCL Geography is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). Any type of harassment will not be tolerated during the virtual seminars. If you notice anything during one of the seminars, please feel free to contact the seminar series convenors (email addresses above).